Kings (Tv Series) 2009

Kings is a television drama series airing on NBC and Citytv, based on the Biblical story of King David in a kingdom that culturally and technologically resembles the present-day United States.

Advance showings received mostly positive critical reviews. The March 15 premiere placed 4th in network television ratings for that evening, with 6.47 million viewers (1.6 rating / 4 share in the 18-49 demographic). After only four episodes on the air, however, NBC announced it was pulling the series from its Sunday slot. The network scheduled the remaining eight episodes to air Saturdays.

Plot: Kings is set in the nation of Gilboa, which technologically and culturally resembles the present-day United States; the government, however, is an absolute monarchy. Gilboa is ruled by King Silas Benjamin, who originally formed the kingdom two decades prior from three warring countries. He believes his power to be divine, often citing a day when a swarm of butterflies once landed on his head in the form of “a living crown”. All is not well for Silas: his policies and actions are being manipulated by his queen’s brother, William Cross, who holds substantial control over the royal treasury; his heir, Prince Jack, is a closet homosexual, which could undermine the royal family; and Silas himself has a secret mistress as well as a young son by her. He abandons his covert little family as a liability to his continuing occupancy of the throne. Events of the series are set into motion when young David Shepherd, a Gilboan soldier in a war against the kingdom of Gath, single-handedly rescues a group of captive soldiers from behind enemy lines. One of these captives is Prince Jack, and David not only becomes an instant star in the national media but earns the gratitude of King Silas as well, much to the chagrin of the disenfranchised Prince. King Silas brings David into the capital city of Shiloh, where he is promoted to Captain and thrust into the position of military liaison to the media. He soon finds himself in the midst of royal court politics, currently with little awareness of the forces acting behind them. He also develops feelings for Silas’s daughter, Princess Michelle, which she seems to reciprocate. In the pilot episode David, too, is set upon by a living “crown” of butterflies as Silas witnesses the event from a discreet distance. Silas has already been told that God no longer supports his reign, and this then implies that David is the divine choice as his successor. This troubles the King so much that he initially plots to have David killed.
* Christopher Egan as David Shepherd, a counterpart to the biblical David. David is an idealistic young soldier who finds himself in the unfamiliar world of court intrigue.
* Ian McShane as King Silas Benjamin, a counterpart to the biblical King Saul. Silas has united the kingdom of Gilboa and built its capital city, Shiloh, but now fears that God has forsaken him.
* Susanna Thompson as Queen Rose Benjamin, a counterpart to the biblical Ahinoam, is the wife of King Silas. The Queen claims to abhor politics, but manipulates court life from behind the scenes.
* Allison Miller as Princess Michelle Benjamin, a counterpart to the biblical Michal. Silas’ daughter and crusader for improving the kingdom’s health care system, Michelle finds herself drawn towards David.
* Macaulay Culkin as Andrew Cross.
* Sebastian Stan as Prince Jack Benjamin, a counterpart to the biblical Jonathan. Jack is Silas’s ambitious and frustrated son, who initially sees David as a rival at court. Jack plays the role of a dissolute, womanizing rake in front of the kingdom’s press, but is secretly homosexual. The king is aware that Jack is gay, and has challenged him to restrain his desires if he wishes to become king.
* Eamonn Walker as Rev. Ephram Samuels, a counterpart to the biblical prophet Samuel. Reverend Samuels was instrumental in Silas’ rise to power, but has recently withdrawn his support from the King (and claims that God has done the same).
* Dylan Baker as William Cross, industrialist and brother to Queen Rose. William financed Silas’ Royal Treasury, but withdrew his funds when, contrary to his wishes, Silas sought an end to the war with neighboring Gath.
* Wes Studi as General Linus Abner, a counterpart to the biblical Abner, is the head of Gilboa’s military. Though completely loyal to the King, Abner has shown as of the episode “Insurrection”, his loyalty has diminished as he believes the King has become too ‘soft’.
* Sarita Choudhury as Helen, King Silas’ mistress and mother of his illegitimate son. As of the episode “First Night”, Silas gave up his relationship with her as what he interpreted as a necessary sacrifice to God.
Minor characters
* Fawkes, Minister of Energy
* Damien Shaw (Mark Margolis), Premier of Gath
* Chancellor Hanson (Michael Crane)
* Vesper Abadon (Brian Cox), the former King of Carmel
* Undersecretary Echarren
* John Greenway, chief economist at Shiloh National Bank
* Greg Harriman, a dockworker at the Prosperity River Shipyards
* Press Minister Forsythe (Reed Birney)
* Arthur Dalton, a personal valet to the royal family
* Thomasina (Marlyne Afflack), the efficient palace secretary and aide-de-camp
* Perry Straussler (Steve Rosen)- court historian and biographer of King Silas
* Joseph (Michael Arden)

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